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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

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Storyline

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aventura del Poseidón  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$264,850 (USA) (17 December 1972)

Gross:

$84,563,118 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shelley Winters trained with an Olympic swim coach so that her character, who is a former award-winning swimmer, would come across more realistically in the underwater scenes. See more »

Goofs

When the man falls into the light fixture towards the end of the capsizing scene, the airbag can be seen rippling from the impact as he hits. See more »

Quotes

Robin Shelby: Sis? Susan!
Susan Shelby: Robin! Reverend Scott!
[Everyone looks up and sees Susan clinging to the underside of a table]
Susan Shelby: [frightened] Can you help me?
Robin Shelby: How'd you get up there, sis?
Susan Shelby: That's a stupid question!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: At midnight on New Year's Eve, the S. S. POSEIDON, enroute from New York to Athens, met with disaster and was lost. There were only a handful of survivors. This is their story. . . See more »

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Featured in Chump Change (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
(1955) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played softly offscreen by the band aboard ship
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Excellent disaster epic
28 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Despite some questions about the plausability of the physics behind the disaster, I greatly enjoyed this film thanks mostly to the fine ensemble cast headed by the great Gene Hackman. I actually bought into the illusion that this diverse group of people was living this unreal harrowing experience. I remember my theater instructor said this film makes a statement about which people deserve to survive and thereby reproduce. Without being politically incorrect here, he said to analyze the different criteria we use to classify people and see which of these criteria can be applied to the survivors. Even without any social analysis, this is a fine disaster film, 8/10.


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